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Comment its chilly in here (Score 1) 715

Given the numerous politicians and media figures calling for the assassination and persecution of Julian Assange, these companies are just protecting themselves from the very real threat of insane, shouty lawmakers harming their reputations. This is the very essence of a "Chilling Effect": Threatening JA on TV has little to do with JA himself, and everything to do with scaring the shit out of people so that they don't dare support Wikileaks in any manner - in the press, on the /., or financially.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Idiot criminal uploads pix of self from stolen iMa (boingboing.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Last week a number of computers were stolen from an office in Vancouver, BC. One of those computers was a shared iMac with Flickrbooth, an app that automatically uploads photo booth shots to our flickr account, installed on it. Just this morning a friend called to tell us that there are photos of whoever has the computer now in our flickr stream! Obviously the guy didn't know he was uploading images of himself and his awesome tattoos.

"There should be a word for this, thinking you're getting away with something on the sly while the world laughs at you, anticipating your inevitable demise — schadendouche?" [beatnik]

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